Sour stomachs and bad blades on 'Skating with the Stars'
December 7th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Sour stomachs and bad blades on 'Skating with the Stars'

This week's edition of "Skating with the Stars" began with a medical update from co-hosts Vernon Kay and Tanith Belbin.  Brandon Mychal Smith was in the hospital with an apparent case of food poisoning (complete with censored footage later in the show of Brandon losing his lunch), while pro skater Brooke Castile just returned from having stitches put in her hand due to it being run over by Jonny Moseley's skate.  Brooke is ready to skate, but is Brandon?

Rebecca Budig is our first skater, and she also spent time in the hospital after falling on her wrist during a practice skate.  Vernon said the doctors advised her not to skate, but he laughs at that idea.  Who needs doctors when there's a bad TV talent show to win?  Rebecca gave it her all in a routine that won her praise from Johnny Weir, who came to judge dressed like he fronts a Prince tribute band in his spare time.

Rebecca earned 50 points, as well as compliment from Tanith that she "set the bar high."  On this show, it doesn't take much.

Bethenny Frankel is next, and she's had it up to here with what the judges think, saying she only cares what the fans say.  Given the dwindling ratings for this show, perhaps it would be wise for Bethenny to put the judges back on her holiday card list.

Bethenny got 36 points for a routine that included, from my vantage point, the world's shortest jump.  Nevertheless, Vernon noted that Bethenny got a standing ovation, proving my theory that this audience should never serve on a jury.

Vince Neil, who went to his partner's kids skating class to spruce up on his technique, made it through his routine without tumbling, and got 36 points for his troubles.  Dick Button declared himself the "TSA of figure skating" while judging Vince.  For the last time, Mr. Button, if you want to ask Sean Young out on a date, just call and ask her.

Jonny Moseley and Brooke Castile are next, and the two prepared by going skiing.  Jonny wanted to see whether skiing or skating was harder, but only proved that both of them were wasting our time.

Brooke's busted hand notwithstanding, the two dazzled with a routine that actually used that silly ramp way.  Jonny earned 51 points and the lead.

But where's Brandon?  Skating partner Keaunu McLaughlin took to the microphone to express concern about Brandon's absence.  Vernon reminded people throughout the night that the show was eagerly awaiting whether Brandon would return.  I'm surprised the show didn't take a page from the Tinkerbell's Treasures store at Disney World and just have the audience wave their swords and wands to "wake up" Brandon.

Alas, Brandon was not able to compete, so, according to the show's rules (yes, there are rules), the judges would review Brandon's last rehearsal footage.  Nothing says excitement like canned applause in a dark, empty rink, and nothing says awkward like the judges reviewing an absent contestant while the pro is made to look like the homecoming queen shortly after being dumped by her date. Brandon received 39 points for his troubles.

In the end, Vince Neil got the boot, leaving four couples left.

We never did find out what would happen next week, as the show abruptly ended without even a credit roll. Guess ABC really needed to air that year-old episode of "Modern Family" for the 14th time.

What did you think of last night's "Skating with the Stars" episode?

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  1. kathleen

    This is the worst show I have even seen on tv, these are D list stars. Also the judges are horrible!!!!!!

    December 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew

    This show does have a lot of potential, and it could be the next "Dancing" for sure. Unfortunately, and this is a known fact, spin-off shows never truly live up to the hype of its predecessor. And since "Dancing" set the bar really high (in my opinion of course), it's going to be extremely difficult for this new show to come even close to that. Maybe that's why some say it's so bad, when really, it's not.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Suzanne

    Shut up, AuntinAZ. Stop running all over the internet moaning that Bethenny's being mean to your precious Johnny. Johnny and his fans dish out abuse to others, but they can't take it now that someone's giving it back to him. Don't like it now that the shoe's on the other foot? Too bad. He wanted to be in the public spotlight so badly, now he's out in the public spotlight learning the hard way that not everyone's going to kiss his a-s-s.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daphne

    First off...this isnt the first time a network has tried Skaing with Stars. Remember back in 2006, Skating with Celebrities on Fox? From what i remember the ratings and reviews werent the greatest then either. However people watched it. Meaning some people liked it. Meaning if you dont like it, Dont watch it!!! I would love the show I think if it was held in a bigger venue. I just dont think they have enough room to move around in there! As for putting down the columnist...He/She has a right to an opinion either negative or positive as do we all. As long as the person is being honest thnn what is wrong with that???

    December 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mia

    It's so bad I had to throw my tv out the window. ABC, you owe me 550 dollars!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    The show has potential for sure, the first year of Dancing with the Stars was a little rocky too. Skating is a really difficult skill however, and takes much longer to get up to speed than dancing does. Moves that look really simple, are really hard for the inexperienced so it's a little harder for non-skaters to relate to. I've just recently taken up skating myself, so I'm enjoying seeing the progress (which is pretty fast for non-skaters) week to week. There is room for improvement, love Tanith, Johnny and Dick–the real skaters of the judging/commentary portion...Vernon and LaurieAnn or whatever her name is are liabilities. All the judges need to be more specific technically about what the skaters need to work on and how the skaters can help the "stars" achieve that. To say it was fantastic and then give a 5 or less is confusing at best. And that rink is WAY too small. It needs to be twice that with seating that goes up behind a low retaining wall. I think the celeb skaters are a little nervous about landing in the audience (I sure would be!) between a small rink and no protection. I hope it comes back next year with an improved format for success.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. AuntInAZ

    Dear James Dinan,
    I'm not sure you even gave this show a chance. Your comments re JOhnny Weir's attire and a few other things are mean spirited and uncalled for. You said they were 'wasting our time', while in reality YOU are the one wasting our time with your review if you can not be objective.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. AuntInAZ

    Dear 'Horrible', this is NOT a cable show. It is on ABC. If you keep your TV and use an antenna you'll still get it.

    BTW people, if you don't like the show, don't watch it. No one is forcing any of you to look at it. I think it's a fun show to watch (aside from the psycho segment of Bethenny fandom who tweet and post slurs and insults at Johnny Weir, not to mention her nasty comments to him, Laurieann and her backstage rant at him), and the ratings are not as bad as Mr. Dinan would like for you to believe. I have plenty of channels to chose from on my cable, if I don't like something I turn it off and watch something else. I don't waste my and other people's time talking about it.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Puri

    I LOVE THIS SHOW! I don't know what's wrong with all you grumpy skater-haters! Just turn the channel if you hate it so much and let the rest of us skater-LOVERS ENJOY IT! It's fun to see the progress of the celebrities from week to week, and the guest skates (like Johnny Weir's and Tanith and Ben's) are awesome to watch. If you enjoy skating, this show is of interest to you. If you don't enjoy skating, why even bother commenting here trolls?

    December 8, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Horrible

    I am cancelling my cable because of this garbage. Please America. Stop keeping this crap on the air. There is no redeemable programming anymore and yet the price for cable goes UP!

    December 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GROSS


    December 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jaylen

    Is Dick Button really so hard up that he needs to do this show? Dick, please quit now while I can still remember all those wonderful years of hearing you judge REAL skaters.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa

    I tried to watch this show but it was so painful that I was only able to stomach about 30 minutes of it before I turned the TV OFF! Possibly the worst crap ever on television!

    December 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Victor

    Bad show, bad show, bad show. Please dear Lord, let them cancel this piece of garbage soon!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |

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